Town police laid over 50 charges during Operation Impact

October 22, 2014   ·   0 Comments

Orangeville Police issued more than 50 traffic-related charges over the Thanksgiving long weekend.

From October 10 to 13, the force participated in Operation Impact, a national campaign to make Canada’s roads safe.

The police initiative was designed to remind people that an essential part of the enforcement job is to save lives and reduce injuries on our roadways. Educating the public in safe driving practices is a priority. The focus was on behaviours that put drivers, passengers and other road users most at risk: impaired driving, seat belt use, and all aspects related to aggressive and distracted driving.

Close to half the charges were for speeding. Other charges included failing to wear seatbelts, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, failing to stop at a stop sign, driving while under suspension and distracted driving.

Additionally, officers responded to six motor vehicle collisions over the weekend.

Officers also investigated the following vehicle related incidents over the long weekend:

• On Saturday, a 17-year-old female attempted to take a vehicle without the permission of the owner. Two other females received minor injuries as they tried to stop her from leaving her residence with the car. As a result, the teenager was charged with dangerous driving, driving without a driver’s licence and failing to comply with an undertaking.

• n Sunday, at about 2:30 a.m., police stopped a vehicle on Broadway near Townline because the car was operating without any tail lights or a rear licence plate. After further investigation they arrested the lone male driver for several offences. Jessy Wayne Oakley, 24, of Orangeville, was charged with car theft, driving while disqualified, failing to comply with a probation order and failing to comply with a recognizance. He was held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Man arrested for passing 

fake US$50 bills

Orangeville Police have  charged a 20-year-old Etobicoke man with attempting to pass counterfeit American $50 bills.

Police say that on Monday September 22, the accused, Gideon Asante, succeeded in passing the bills at various restaurants on Broadway. He was arrested and charged with two counts of uttering counterfeit Money and is scheduled to appear in court in Orangeville on December 2.

Police remind local businesses to remain vigilant and inspect all currency.

Business owners should ensure their employees are aware of the various security features of both Canadian and American currency. Further information can be found on the Bank of Canada website, or by contacting the Orangeville Police Service, Community Services Unit.

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